LEGO Star Wars Imperial Shuttle 10212 Review
Not too long ago, we came across a set on a popular website that we really could not look away from. This set includes a total of 2,504 piece – It’s the Lego 10212 set (Star Wars Imperial Shuttle). If you’re familiar with Star Wars, then surely you know what we’re talking about. In this Lego 10212 review, we’re going to give you a nice walkthrough so that you can determine if this is something you’d like to put together …
This box is quite large to say the least, but what would you expect with a total of 2,405 pieces in it? All of those Legos will require a large box. On the front, the image shows off the Imperial Shuttle while it’s in landing position – in the background, you’ll notice the forest moon Endor as well as the landing platform that was made popular in the movies. As far as the picture on the box goes, we believe it is a pretty good representation of the model.
On the box, you’ll also see 2 inset pictures showing the Shuttle with the wings in a vertical position and the fully extended landing position. Another picture at the bottom showcases the minifigures that are included with the set.
On the back of the box, you’re going to notice al of the amazing play features. Overall, the box is decent and if a Lego/Star Wars fan comes across it in the store, they will be tempted to buy it. There are actually people that are reselling the box on various sites, so that’s evidence that there really is value behind the box.
We’ve noticed Lego Instructions are always easy to follow – their books are always well laid out and we’re really thankful for that. The instructions books that were included with this set made putting it together a breeze. In this section of the review, we’re going to take a look at the books.
The first book gives us the step by step build on putting the gear system together, part of the cockpit and most of the fuselage.
In the second book, you’ll move forward with the ginormous dorsal wing as well as the undercarriage.
With book three, you’ll be focusing on the other parts of the cockpit as well as the left wing.
In the last booklet, you will be completing the construction with the display stand and the right wing.
When you have a Lego set, regardless of the set it is, you always want to know about those minifigures, right? When we saw the Lego 10179 set, we were curious about the minifigures that came with the set and it took us awhile to find a review on them, so we’re going to take a minute to give you the information we would want if we were going to buy this product. With this set right here, you could expect some pretty cool Star Wars minifigures.
This set comes with a total of five minifigs – in it, you have Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Imperial Pilot, a Stormtrooper and an Imperial officer.
Are you familiar with the Millennium Falcon set? If you are, you’ll notice that the Darth Vader in this set is the dame version. Luke is in his normal black Jedi attire with a black right hand. The Imperial Officer is wearing all gray and can be distinguished by the rank that is on hi suniform. The Imperial Pilot is wearing all black and as far as we know, this is the only set he appears in in this attire. As for the Stormtrooper, nothing has really changed with this one, it appears the same way in many other sets.
As far as unique parts go (we like to see if the Lego set we’re putting together has unique parts) – this set doesn’t really have any. As with some of the other UCS sets, this one does have a nice variety of technic pieces that you will be using in order to put together the mechanism that operates the wings – kind of like the Lego 75149 (Lego X-Wing) set. This mechanism could give some extra value later on in the future.
During the construction process, if you’re anything like us, you’re probably going to run across some challenges, but it’s nothing you cannot get past. To start with, you have to be really good at reading instructions right – it’s not that they make it hard to read, it’s just that there are different sizes you have to match up – like the pegs, for example, you have to make sure you grab the one that is the right length. If we remember straight, there is around 4 different types of Technic pegs with different lengths. The best way to determine that you have the right one would be to make a comparison to the scale-drawing that is on the instruction page. If you were to use the wrong peg, you’ll end up having to take everything apart and backtrack to where you made the mistake and that probably wouldn’t be any fun. The pegs are instrumental when it comes to keeping the 3 wings in shape.
When it comes time to put the Imperial Shuttle together, you need to make sure you have plenty of open space because you’re going to be working with many different piles of bricks. If you don’t have an open space, you could easily get those piles of bricks mixed up with one another and that won’t be a very fun experience. While the instructions are clear, it may get repetitive when you’re building because you are required to build the same things, but opposite.
When it comes to putting the wings together, that is fairly easy, but you need to be prepared to have wonderful circle marks on your fingers because you’ll have to push the pins in order to stabilize the moving pieces.
What We Like About this Set
Much like the Lego 75827 set, there are a lot of features we like about this set right here. For starters, we believe Lego has done a wonderful job at capturing the look of the film model. Just look at this picture and you’ll see what we mean:
Didn’t they do a nice job?
There’s two placed it comes up understandably shorts – first, is the wing articulation points and next is the wing crank mechanisms. The original model has a gear look to the articulation points and that was pretty neat – the assemblies, however, aren’t open like you see on the Lego model. Lego has to make a concession to the aesthetics in order to accommodate the mechanisms. The crank themselves is the other concession. While they are need in order to operate the wing articulation, you can remove them.
When the ship is in landed configuration, it sits quite nicely on two legs, just like you see in the films and it balances pretty good. The display stand is another feature you’re going to like – considering the fact that it didn’t take a whole lot of pieces to put it together, it is surprising at how stable it is.
Speaking in surprises, the blaster cannons in the back surprised us. While building it, we were under the impression that those cannons were too big and weren’t accurately designed. However, once it was all put together we found that they were perfectly recreated.
While this model was amazing, there is still some constructive criticism that we feel the need to discuss with our readers.
The one major criticism we have involves the overall design – the cockpit is sitting too low in relation to the rest of the shuttle. You cannot let a Lego minifigure stand under the nose because it simply will not fit. Plus, the shit doesn’t have a boarding ramp – how are the minifigures supposed to board the ship? We’re curious why there isn’t a boarding ramp included, because they included a boarding ramp in other Lego sets, like the Falcon even though the ramp doesn’t even lead to anything.
Other than that, in regards to the build process and the final model, we really don’t have anything else to criticize.
If you’re a Lego fan and you have a love for everything Star Wars related, then the Lego 10212 set would be a viable option for you. It’s super fun to put together and once you have it built, you have your very own Imperial Ship!
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